What can we expect from the World Cup in Qatar? Our reporter Sebastian Saam went to the UAE for the Asian Cup: slick stadiums but little international media coverage. Does it tell us anything about the World Cup in nearby Qatar in 2022?
World football's governing body was hoping to expand the competition to include 48 countries. However, that would have needed another Gulf country to host games along with Qatar, amid deteriorating ties in the region.
Not even Son Heung-min could save South Korea in their attempt to win the Asian Cup. Another shock followed when Australia were beaten by tournament hosts United Arab Emirates.
The sight of empty seats at continental football tournaments is never a good look but it's been all too common at the Asian Cup. Coaches have bemoaned a lack of atmosphere and poor facilities in the United Arab Emirates.
Qatar continued their unlikely run to the Asian Cup final with a 4-0 thrashing of the United Arab Emirates. Qatar have now scored 16 goals and conceded none in the tournament, and will face Japan in Friday's final.
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